Chris Hopkins meets the Jazz Kangaroos

In Paris ausgezeichnet mit dem *Couleur Jazz Hit*
4 Sterne**** (Jazz Journal International)
4 Sterne**** für Musik und Klang (Fono Forum)
4 Sterne**** für Musik und Klang (Stereo)
5 Sterne***** (InMusic)
5 Sterne***** (Action Jazz)

Chris Hopkins (p)
George Washingmachine/AUS (vio/voc)
David Blenkhorn/AUS (g)
Mark Elton/AUS (b)

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>Love the Jazz Kangaroos! Every tune is among my favorites.<
(the doyen of American jazz critics, former chief editor of DOWNBEAT magazine as well as
director of the INSTITUTE OF JAZZ STUDIES at Rutgers State University and multiple Grammy winner)

* In Paris ausgezeichnet mit dem COULEURS JAZZ HIT! *
>A team whose homogeneity makes a significant contribution to the success of a project, which values a tradition that is far from evoking a sterile reconstruction of the past and at the same time fits our time in the most authentic way.<

>Chris Hopkins genießt nicht nur hierzulande eine hohe Reputation. Sein Enthusiasmus für swingenden Jazz überträgt sich schnell auf Publikum und Mitspieler. Die Improvisationen sind mit solch melodischer Finesse gesegnet, dass man das nächste Solo kaum erwarten kann. Obwohl jeder für sich ein Solist der Extraklasse ist, fühlen sich alle dem Gesamtklang verpflichtet und agieren wie eine gut geölte Swingmaschine. Frisch, elegant, einfühlsam, freudvoll, kurzweilig, dabei zeitgemäß und ohne nostalgischer Verklärung.<

Mit 4 Sternen**** ausgezeichnet
>All in all, highly enjoyable small-group jazz of top quality, with more volumes presumably to follow.<

Mit 4 Sternen**** für Musik und Klang ausgezeichnet
"Entspannte Leichtigkeit. Erfrischend unprätentiös"
FONO FORUM (Germany)

Mit 5 von 5 Sternen***** ausgezeichnet
>Ein virtuoser und begeisternder Vocal-Swing Jazz, wie man ihn so furios selten live zu hören bekommt.<
INMUSIC (Germany)

Mit 4 Sternen**** für Musik und Klang ausgezeichnet
>Ein mächtig swingendes Live-Stelldichein.<
STEREO (Germany)

>Ein Sound mit Gute-Laune-Garantie, der eingängig, entspannt, packend und zeitlos ist.<

Mit 5 von 5 Sternen**** ausgezeichnet
>'Can’t we be friends' begins the album, a question to which we immediately answer yes! To have such friends offering you their talent would be a chance. The American pianist and leader Chris Hopkins, living for a long time in Germany, is a master of the genre. Pure Swing, always alert. Very good classical jazz, for all audiences<

>Die unbändige Freude, mit der sich das Quartett durch das American Songbook und Eigenkompositionen spielt, dabei die unterschiedlichsten Stile auskostet, überträgt sich magisch auf den Hörer.<
WAZ KULTUR (Germany)

GÖTZ ALSMANN, Entertainer/Jazz-Connaisseur, WDR/DLF (Germany)

>A fun CD which should appeal to a wide audience, especially those who love melody and swing.<

>Locker und relaxt in einer so mitreißenden Interpretation, die sofort gefangen nimmt und belegt, dass es Jazz gibt, der ganz eindeutig klassische Musik ist, ohne den geringsten Anflug von Nostalgie: Dieses Quartett von Pianist Chris Hopkins (USA/D) mit drei Solisten aus Australien (daher „Jazz Kangaroos“) begeistert mit Musik, denen kein passenderes Prädikat vergeben werden kann, als mit der der Bezeichnung: frischer, zeitloser Jazz. Es ist eine Platte mit swingend-intelligenten und melodischen Improvisationen, welche die Seele des Jazz offen legt und daher begeistert. Dass, wie es eine kleine Karikatur des französischen Trompeters Michel „Boss“ Quéraud im Cover illustriert, jeder der Vier beim herrlichen Miteinander musikalisch immer noch ein weiteres „As im Ärmel hat“, zeigt sich nicht nur im Titel 'Russian Lullaby'. Eine Jazzcombo mit Top-Solisten, die keinerlei Vergleich zu scheuen braucht.<

>The kangaroos are distinguished by a wide variety of styles and influences. We also know pianist Chris Hopkins as the alto player of his chamber jazz combo Echoes of Swing. While his alto usually sounds full, round and lyrical, his piano playing is playful and adventurous. George Washingmachine also sings, when was the last time you heard a vocal version of Russian lullaby? When he dims the lights - 'When Lights Are Low' - Tony Bennett appears to be grinning broadly in the shadows.<

>The synthesis is particularly successful on 'Russian Lullaby' where Hopkins and Washingmachine compete in verve and swing while, even in the evocation of Django, Blenkhorn's playing remains very steeped in blues. George Washingmachine is also a singer, who does not lack character, and this undoubtedly contributes to his success.<
JAZZ HOT (France)

>Empathic and great swing music anno at any time. When it is performed by four front-end musicians who obviously love this music, it is easy to have fun and find this as a travel companion for dark and sour autumn evenings. Otherwise in the year also by the way.<
NYHETER (Norway)

>An excellent opportunity for good swing fun, in which both cheerful songs, jazz standards and the mood of jazz introduce the joy of making music together.<
JAZZ.PL (Poland)

>Great sound, dynamics and swing, and it seems, the musicians themselves received no less pleasure from the performance than the audience. Judging by the fact that Vol.1 is mentioned in the title, allows us to hope for the release of new albums of this project in the future.<
JAZZ QUAD (Belarus)

>A relaxed and decorous jazz celebration with an unusual lineup. Highly recommended.<

>A jazz combo of top soloists present a very inspiring record of swinging, intelligent and melodic improvisations with the soul of jazz. You just can't keep your feet still during the irresistible drive of this quartet - a rousing interpretation, which immediately captivates. Fresh, timeless jazz, without the slightest hint of nostalgia.<

>Witzig-spritziger und lässig-origineller Gypsy Swing<

>Jazz auf die lässige Art<

>Es macht einfach Freude, wie variationsreich Hopkins mit seinem Quartett unterschiedliche Stilistiken und Grooves des 'traditionellen Jazz’ bedient… und dies auf eine sympathisch-gewitzte Art („sophisticated“) in einer frischen und erfrischenden Neuinterpretation.<
NRW JAZZ (Germany)

> These cats are having a ball playing this music! Chris Hopkins, American-born but a long-time resident of Germany, is also an accomplished alto saxophonist, but sticks to the piano for this concert. Washingmachine is a swinging violinist in the Grappelli tradition, and he vocalizes with the kind of jazz sensibility that so many musicians who play this music possess. Elton provides strong rhythmic support and shines particularly on the Oscar Pettiford jazz classic, “Blues in the Closet.” Blenkhorn is an eclectic player, a straight-ahead swinger who lets you know that he has absorbed plenty of Django Reinhardt. Put them together and these cats are having a ball playing this music. You will be similarly pleased when you listen to it.<

>Inspirierte Improvisationen in ungewöhnlicher Besetzung. Die vier harmonieren perfekt.<

>Höchst vergnüglich, wunder- und stimmungsvoll, swingend, temperamentvoll. Ein mitreißenden Programm arrangiert, in das man sich genußvoll fallen lassen kann, ein knappes Stündchen, das einfach nur Freude macht – und fraglos unser Prädikat verdient, den Musenkuß. Mit Ungeduld warten wir auf Vol. 2!<

>A very musical, very invigorating, very swinging record.
The good and real jazz is still alive. Thanks to Chris Hopkins and three dynamic kangaroos!<
SWING FM (France)

>We are swept away by this 'Live!' recording. This is exactly what it takes to remind us if need be that life may be difficult for us, but it is always happy. All of this is very well done and it's one of those little pleasures that we love to hear again.<

>Relaxed, timeless playing<

>Pure delight throughout: American multi-instrumentalist Chris Hopkins, based in Germany, here plays piano in the company of an Australian trio on a live session from Hattingen in 2019. Throughout the album Hopkins never loses his sense of melody, even when he turns on the after-burners…This is the perfect ‘live’ recording. Sound quality is good, the performance has an immediate freshness and, best of all, there is a palpable sense of enjoyment between players and audience – which inevitably spreads to the CD listener. Roll on, Volume 2!<
THE JAZZ RAG (Great Britain)

> When it comes to a date with Hopkins lurking in the bytes, you can always expect the unexpected. Facing off here against a crew led by George Washingmachine, the unexpected is a swing program played straight. Like a crew playing the Hot Club on Django's off night, their groove is right in the pocket and song list has a few tent poles but veers delightfully from the tried and true giving the musos a chance to add their flourishes without purists complaining. Seeing as how this set is a good 80 years outside it's métier, you couldn't come up with a better sounding you-are-there date. Well done.<

>Chris Hopkins is not only a pianist, but also an alto sax player, composer, arranger, bandleader, workshop instructor and university lecturer and experienced visiting Japan while working internationally, Chris Hopkins piano solos and backings are impressive. This work also has a unique jacket illustration<

>Eine der best klingendsten Live-Recordingn die ich kenne. AUDIOPHILE. Und der Jazz geht richtig ab.
Top Empfehlung. *****stars<
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